The exciting Modern format was showcased on Magic Online this past weekend, as a premier event at half the cost brought people out to play. Anything and everything seems to be viable, from midrange to combo to control... and, of course, beatdown! _Megafone_ brought a hyper-aggressive Rakdos burn deck to the table. Sporting only nineteen lands and the best burn spells printed in the past nine years, this deck is tuned to kill you in short order!
This deck contains some of the culprits you might expect. Goblin Guide leads the pack, and both Lava Spike and Bump in the Night quickly send your opponent's life total spiraling toward 0. Even Shard Volley joins the fray as an additional way to deal 3! With a total of twenty-six ways to deal 3 or more damage for one mana, your opponent is put on a lightning-quick clock.
Faithless Looting is one of the key cards here, digging this deck closer to its burn. Thunderous Wrath is phenomenal when paid for its miracle cost, but nigh-uncastable if stuck in your opening hand. Faithless Looting allows you to toss them—and any excess lands—away in favor of more effective cards.
If you like attacking on a budget, this is a great choice for Modern that will result in some fast and furious games! Take a look at the decklist below.
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I was drawn to this deck out of a desire to play two cards: Demigod of Revengeand Blood Moon. I initially pursued the Demigod aggro route with Bomat Courier, Faithless Looting, Bloodghast, and so on. It was fragile. From there I found the Blitzkrieg topic on MTGSalvation and moved in the control direction. The topic there is still a good source of historical information, but it's fallen silent for the past several months.
Turn one discard is nearly always a must, as it sets up the game for you. It allows you to take a few extra turns to build your mana before the opponent establishes a board that you have to contend with.
A turn three Blood Moonis very powerful against most decks - and against some, induces a scoop.
Beyond that, spot removal keeps the game stable so you can get to the mid game.
Here's where the deck starts to shine.
Liliana of the Veilhelps establish control via discard, while playing backup to the spot removal for tough to remove creatures.
Chandra, Torch of Defianceand Kolaghan's Commandintroduce card advantage, while Lightning Skelementalkeeps the pressure on.
This is also where we can use Endlingand Hazoret the Ferventto maintain board control and diversify threats.
Once the board is relatively under control, and the opponent is (at least nearly) empty handed, we can start pressing the advantage.
By this point, we often want to be close to empty handed ourselves to support Hazoret. This can be a problem in some matchups where our spot removal is less applicable. Hazoret's discard ability can be an out to a bloated hand.
Demigod is my choice for closing out the game. Don't rely on the reanimate ability - that's not the point, though it can be an exciting bonus. A 5/x evasive haste creature is more than worth the 5 mana investment, and it doesn't usually matter if it takes two or three turns to close the game.
Don't forget that opponents may misplay when countering a Demigod: if it is countered before the cast trigger resolves, it will reanimate itself.
Note:I do not have a lot of free time to play these days, so there's no metagame knowledge involved in my card choices. Consider this a base derived from theory re: recently printed cards and some fairly successful play for several months in early 2018. I am happy to theory-craft should others be interested.
Here's my current list.
Edits for card spelling and trying to get the deck to display correctly...
MTG > Metagame Modern > deck Rakdos Midrange
Last winning deck: Competitive Constructed League
3.3 Inquisition of Kozilek average in 100.0% of the decks
3.3 Thoughtseize average in 100.0% of the decks
3.2 Prismatic Ending average in 100.0% of the decks
3.7 Lightning Bolt average in 100.0% of the decks
2.5 Kolaghan's Command average in 100.0% of the decks
2.3 Unholy Heat average in 75.0% of the decks
2.0 Kaya's Guile average in 66.7% of the decks
2.0 Terminate average in 25.0% of the decks
1.0 Fatal Push average in 25.0% of the decks
4.0 Mishra's Bauble average in 100.0% of the decks
1.3 Seal of Fire average in 33.3% of the decks
4.0 Dragon's Rage Channeler average in 100.0% of the decks
4.0 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer average in 100.0% of the decks
2.1 Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger average in 100.0% of the decks
3.9 Dauthi Voidwalker average in 91.7% of the decks
2.3 Scourge of the Skyclaves average in 58.3% of the decks
2.0 Tourach, Dread Cantor average in 25.0% of the decks
4.0 Bloodstained Mire average in 100.0% of the decks
2.6 Marsh Flats average in 100.0% of the decks
2.3 Blood Crypt average in 100.0% of the decks
1.9 Swamp average in 100.0% of the decks
1.2 Godless Shrine average in 100.0% of the decks
3.9 Blackcleave Cliffs average in 91.7% of the decks
1.0 Sacred Foundry average in 91.7% of the decks
1.1 Sunbaked Canyon average in 66.7% of the decks
1.0 Mountain average in 66.7% of the decks
1.0 Silent Clearing average in 66.7% of the decks
1.8 Arid Mesa average in 50.0% of the decks
1.0 Savai Triome average in 16.7% of the decks
1.0 Graven Cairns average in 16.7% of the decks
2.1 Engineered Explosives average in 100.0% of the decks
1.0 Lurrus of the Dream-Den average in 100.0% of the decks
2.1 Alpine Moon average in 91.7% of the decks
1.7 Kaya's Guile average in 91.7% of the decks
1.6 Soul-Guide Lantern average in 58.3% of the decks
1.5 Wear // Tear average in 50.0% of the decks
2.4 Path to Exile average in 41.7% of the decks
2.0 Void Mirror average in 41.7% of the decks
1.0 Prismatic Ending average in 41.7% of the decks
3.0 Pillage average in 25.0% of the decks
2.0 Collective Brutality average in 25.0% of the decks
1.0 Despark average in 25.0% of the decks
1.0 Vanishing Verse average in 25.0% of the decks
3.0 Sunset Revelry average in 16.7% of the decks
2.0 Scourge of the Skyclaves average in 16.7% of the decks
1.5 Terminate average in 16.7% of the decks
1.0 Kolaghan's Command average in 16.7% of the decks
1.0 Chalice of the Void average in 16.7% of the decks
1.0 Seal of Cleansing average in 16.7% of the decks
Rakdos midrange modern
Modern continues to evolve, even if Uro has its seaweed-scented fingers all over it. The latest evolution comes from Hall of Famer Willy Edel, who played greenless Jund, otherwise known as Rakdos, to a second place finish in last weekend’s Modern Challenge.
The Game Plan
Like actual Jund, this deck is looking to use discard and removal to stop the opponent from doing whatever it is they mean to do, while finishing with threats that pack a punch. Blood Moon adds an additional angle, as sometimes it can lock the opponent out by itself.
This deck gains a couple things by cutting green:
As sorry as we may be to lose Tarmogoyf and Bloodbraid Elf, this deck is not lacking for power and gets some new toys like Magmatic Channeler as a reward.
The full eight-pack of discard is critical these days, as Modern keeps getting faster and faster. Plus, now that you have Magmatic Channeler and Seasoned Pyromancer, having a dead discard spell in hand isn’t a big issue.
Speaking of which, the two discard outlets and the Titan are a big part of this deck’s card advantage plan. By cycling through excess lands or discard spells, the red creatures ensure you don’t run out of gas and Kroxa converts graveyard cards into a massive threat.
Blood Moon is a one-card lottery ticket – sometimes you cast it and the game ends, and like I mentioned before, you have tools to discard it when it isn’t going to be good. I like Blood Moon right now, since there is a fair amount of Primeval Titan in the format.
Rakdos definitely does removal well, and having access to all these efficient spells makes this deck perfect for creature matchups. Liliana is the three drop you want after killing their first couple plays, and pairs nicely with discard to boot.
Tips and Tricks
- It’s way more efficient to discard Kroxa than cast it, so prioritize doing so with your various discard effects.
- Seasoned Pyromancer draws you two cards regardless of how many cards you discard, so it’s very strong play if it’s your last card.
- Liliana and Hazoret the Fervent are best buds, and if you curve into them after playing some discard spells, it’s not hard to be swinging for the fences on turn four.
- If you have Thoughtseize and Liliana, it’s usually best to use Liliana first, as your opponent may make an ill-chosen discard without knowing you’re taking their best card afterwards.
- The one Savai Triome means that Engineered Explosives out of the sideboard can go up to X = 3, which is just beautiful deckbuilding.
- While this deck tends to take on a controlling role, you can beat down faster than you might think. Always be on the lookout for opportunities to start attacking with big Magmatic Channelers in order to burn the opponent out.
If you’re all about the Jund life, I encourage you to give this a spin. It’s fast, lean and has a ton of powerful cards that work well together.
Tags: deck highlight, lsv, Luis Scott-Vargas, Midrange, Modern, modern-rakdosmid-121820, Rakdos
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